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Early positivity signals changes in an abstract linguistic pattern

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dc.contributor.author Monte Ordoño, Julia, 1989-
dc.contributor.author Toro Soto, Juan Manuel, 1976-
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-02T09:01:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-02T09:01:19Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Monte-Ordoño J, Toro JM. Early positivity signals changes in an abstract linguistic pattern. PLoS One. 2017 Jul 5;12(7):e0180727. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180727
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/42237
dc.description.abstract The extraction of abstract structures from speech (or from gestures in the case of sign languages) has been claimed to be a fundamental mechanism for language acquisition. In the present study we registered the neural responses that are triggered when a violation of an abstract, token-independent rule is detected. We registered ERPs while presenting participants with trisyllabic CVCVCV nonsense words in an oddball paradigm. Standard stimuli followed an ABB rule (where A and B are different syllables). Importantly, to distinguish neural responses triggered by changes in surface information from responses triggered by changes in the underlying abstract structure, we used two types of deviant stimuli. Phoneme deviants differed from standards only in their phonemes. Rule deviants differed from standards in both their phonemes and their composing rule. We observed a significant positivity as early as 300 ms after the presentation of deviant stimuli that violated the abstract rule (Rule deviants). The amplitude of this neural response was correlated with participants’ performance in a behavioral rule learning test. Differences in electrophysiological responses observed between learners and non-learners suggest that individual differences in an abstract rule learning task might be related to how listeners select relevant sources of information.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant agreement n.312519, and Spanish Ministerio de Economía grant PSI2013-44992-P.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.relation.ispartof PLoS One. 2017 Jul 5;12(7):e0180727.
dc.relation.isreferencedby https://figshare.com/articles/Early_positivity_signals_changes_in_an_abstract_linguistic_pattern/5176144
dc.rights © 2017 Monte-Ordoño, Toro. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Early positivity signals changes in an abstract linguistic pattern
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180727
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/312519
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/PSI2013-44992-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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